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Dec 5, 2012 4:00pm EST
conservatives in the party know something about some big reforms on medicare and medica medicare, social security is, any of the retirement or tax issues, but i'll tell you this. i think that all these stories aren't necessarily going lead us to the truth. i personally have a very size way i'm approaching this. the president is supposed to leave for a 21-day vacation in hawaii on december 17th. where he is on december 18th will tell me, and i think the markets will pay attention. i find it hard to believe, and i agree with bill and many, who are very not amused by the house taking their long weekend. i'm sure that the president would have no intentions of leaving until these issues are resolved. i think the market is being kind, but i think it's a timing issue. >> yeah, i think that's a good point. somebody mentioned the other day that the president is planning a trip to hawaii on december 17th. i said, what? they said, no, no, no, not unless the deal is done. we'll see about that. meanwhile, the house goes away for a lock weekend. all right, rob. what do you think? you think we're going
Dec 4, 2012 4:00pm EST
. no wonder the industry is facing potential cut in medicare, which amounts to about $11 billion. as government debates where to cut, the fact is, half of health care spending in general is done through government programs like medicare. it is the austerity cross hairs. the ceo of the new york presbyterian hospital is with us. give me your concerns or feelings as we approach this fiscal cliff. do you think we'll get a deal done, or are you anticipating we go over the cliff? >> we're americans. we have to get a deal done. this is really important, and it's important for health care. at some point in time, we're going to have to come to grips with the fact there's got to be revenue. you have to have some rate increases, in my opinion. charitable deductions are a non-starter for us. that's a big issue. universities, hospitals, we depend on charity and charitable donations. >> let's stop right there because i want to take one part at a time. the charitable deductions, this is one of those deductions within the tax code that's being debated. that and as well the mortgage deduction. yo
Dec 3, 2012 4:00pm EST
rates from that. they do have some specifics on entitlements which include raising medicare age of eligibility from 65 to 67, something talked about in the grand bargain talks over a year ago. they talk about moving to a different inflation adjustment for social security and other government programs. they also talk about reform of medicare to include private sector competition with a traditional fee for service medicare plan. all of those are things that are within the zone of discussion that both -- between the two of the parties. now, president obama went on twitter this afternoon, took questions from the public to try to build pressure on republicans. he got one question from an average person saying, well, will my mortgage interest deduction be threatened by these fiscal cliff talks? and the president used that as a lever to say, that's why rates have to go up, because if they don't, they're going to sister to squeeze middle class deductions. that's the president trying to put pressure on. but i think now that we have offers on paper from both sides, there at least is a pro
Dec 7, 2012 4:00pm EST
industry. i'm sympathetic with seniors on medicare. i'm certainly sympathetic with the 100,000 kids who are going to lose their head start. we have got to do something about the deficit in this country. you cannot take the position that, well, pi industry needs to be exempted from this. or the defense will suffer. everything will suffer. we will make do. we're a great country, but the biggest danger to this country is not cuts to the defense department. the biggest danger going forward is a deficit that's going to approach 80% or 90% of gdp. >> if i could respond, nobody is saying that there's any one special interest that can't participate. what we're saying is it would be not the right approach to just take this one slash, giant additional defense cut. this has to be across the board. it's got to be a balanced budget. it's got to be addressing all sorts of issues. there's got to be spending cuts across the board as well as the raising of revenue. the real concern is not reaching a decision and just letting this take place without any direction and without any attachment, if you will,
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